The Ocala Civic Theatre Education Program provides young people opportunities to explore and develop their interests and lay a solid foundation in all aspects of theatre arts. Classes and workshops promote self-confidence, communication, creativity and service, as well as give students the necessary skills to grow as artists, actors, technicians and individuals. Our goal is for each child in our program to find his or her own voice and sense of play in a non-competitive atmosphere. The teaching staff is comprised of professional theatre artists who have extensive experience as instructors, performers and directors, and who are recognized for their excellent rapport with students and their ability to inspire and motivate young people.
You can now register for classes right here online.
When registering online, payment in full is due upon registration and there will be an additional $2 surcharge per child, per class.
Frequently asked questions:
What are the payment requirements?
A $20 deposit (unless otherwise noted) is required at registration, and the full
balance is due the Friday before the class begins. Full tuition is only refundable until
the Friday before class begins. Students who do not make the full payment by this
time will be dropped from the class. The deposit is non-refundable. If you need to make payment arrangements, please contact the Education Director at (352) 236-2851, ext. 107.
Is financial aid available for students?
Financial aid is available for those who demonstrate true financial need. Applications
are available at the theatre and on our website. For more information, please call the
box office at (352) 236-2274.
What time should I arrive?
Please arrive approximately 10 minutes early, especially the first day of class, so you
and your student may meet the teacher and fill out a student emergency medical form.
What if my child needs to miss a class?
Please let us know in advance if your child will miss any classes so that teachers can
adjust their lesson plans accordingly. Refunds cannot be made for missed classes.
What time should I pick up my child?
Parents should arrive shortly before class ends to pick up their student. The pick-up/
drop-off point is the Theatre's front entrance. Our first priority is your child's safety.
Students will not be permitted to wait outside. Please be prompt. If you are late and
the teacher needs to wait with your child, a strict penalty of $25 for every extra 15
minutes will be imposed.
Will there be a performance at the end of classes?
Some have a "Sharing Day" on the last day of class for family and friends that may
wish to observe. This may be an informal performance, a reading of a script, or they
might simply share something the class has worked on. NOT EVERY CLASS WILL
PRESENT A "PLAY" OR OTHER PERFORMANCE FOR SHARING DAY. Each instructor will
design a sharing day based on the needs and skills of the class. If a performance is
planned for sharing day, it is intended to be very informal and almost always done
without lights, sets, props, or costumes. Classes specifically listed as "Performance
Camps" will conclude with three performances on the stage in the auditorium to
which the public may buy tickets.
What does my child need for class?
We ask that your child dress comfortably for classes. If your child chooses to wear a
dress or skirt, please layer with a pair of shorts underneath. Closed-toed shoes are
preferred. We also ask that if your child chooses to bring a snack to class, please
pack healthy snacks (fruit, granola bar, etc.) and send a water bottle with them to fill
at the water fountain.
Will my child need to memorize lines?
Memorization is encouraged for most presentations. Assisting your child in
memorization is a wonderful shared experience, especially for children with limited
reading skills. If a performance of a short play is planned, you can expect some
prompting, directions, or suggestions from the teacher. Please remember – this is an
informal presentation, and the class has had limited time to prepare for sharing day!
Theatre skills are life skills!
Our classes are very carefully planned to match the skill and emotional level of the
student. For that reason, we only place students in classes within their age range. On
the first day of class, you can ask for information on what to expect from any class.
In order to ensure that students derive maximum benefit and enjoyment
from the classroom experience, students who become disruptive or
disrespectful will be removed from class with no refund of tuition.
Information on our class instructors can be found on our website,
www.ocalacivictheatre.com, as well as on our Facebook page, Ocala Civic
Theatre — Education Department.
In order to ensure students derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from the classroom experience, students who become disruptive or disrespectful will be removed from class with no refund of tuition.